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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - May 13, 2021

posted May 14, 2021, 5:12 AM by Fran Prentice   [ updated May 14, 2021, 5:12 AM ]

Getting to GREEN Update

The Getting to GREEN page can be found on the District's website at: https://sites.google.com/msad51.org/covid-19-information-center/getting-to-green

May 13 Getting to GREEN Update

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Reopening Plan Feedback Survey from the Board of Directors

The MSAD #51 Board of Directors (BOD) seeks community feedback on the DRAFT MSAD #51 2021-22 School Year Plan.
Feedback and/or questions about the plan may be shared with the BOD using the form below, or in person during the public input period of the BOD Meeting at the Greely Center for the Arts (GCA) on May 24, at 6:30 pm. 
Feedback forms will be collected through May 19th. Compiled feedback may be shared anonymously with the public. 
After reading through the plan, do you have questions or feedback? What additional clarification would be helpful? Please share your feedback, concerns or questions using the form below or join us in the GCA on the 24th.

Mask Guidance

Some questions have come forward around outdoor mask-wearing, and hopefully the information below will help to clarify. Here's the latest guidance from the Maine Dept. of Education for public schools, amended 4/28/21. Please note that while "guidance" is the term used, Maine public schools are expected to follow them.

MDOE Guidance on School-Day Mask-wearing:

In addition to the time during which students may be eating or drinking with a minimum of 6’ physical distancing, school staff may offer highly-structured and well-supervised mask breaks during the school day. Such mask breaks should be limited to 5 minutes each, up to a maximum of 15 minutes per day. Breaks should take place in a classroom cohort when possible. Mask breaks may take place outdoors if 6 feet distance can be maintained. (Updated 4/28/21)

View Current PK-12 and Adult Education Public Health Guidance

This guidance is different from that of the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA), which oversees state athletics for schools. The reason for the difference is that athletics is considered to be a co-curricular program and not part of the school's core program, as well as largely occurring after-school hours.

MPA Guidance on Athletics and Mask-wearing:

  • Masks are not required for OUTDOOR practices and competitions.  Masks are recommended when 6 feet of physical distance is hard to maintain (e.g., athletes on the bench). They are also required when individuals go inside (e.g., to locker rooms, rest rooms, or on a bus).
  • Spectators are not required to wear a mask at outside events if they are able to maintain 6 feet of distancing.
  • The common language is 6 feet of distancing when outdoors. It is not feasible to have students maintaining 6 feet of distancing during the school day at recess given the numbers of students and the movement of students during play. There is more flexibility for after-school athletics than for school-day activities like recess.

If you have questions about this, please consider contacting the Maine CDC as they are the agency that provides this guidance.


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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.

May 24 - Regular Meeting & Public Input Session - Reopening Plan

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Director's Meeting Videos


Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

SilverGraphics Shop Open until 5/17

Don’t miss this chance to enjoy your child’s art for years to come while supporting PTO’s mission to support enrichment for students in preschool through grade 8. Just upload photos of your child’s art and SilverGraphics will print it on mugs, canvas bags, tiles, and other one-of-a-kind mementos, then mail your order to your home. See the flyer for details.

Fill A Bus, Fill A Belly Annual Food Drive

Greely PTO invites you to help provide for local families in need as we attempt to fill a MSAD 51 school bus with non-perishable items for the Cumberland Food Pantry. The bus will be parked at the back of the GMS lot from Monday, May 17th-Friday, May 21st. Donations accepted 7am-6pm in bins at the bus and school entrances. Help unload and celebrate at the Food Pantry on Saturday, May 22nd 7:30-8:30am. See flyer for food pantry needs. Contact PTO for further details.

Spring Greely Gear is here!

Check out the online store at greelyptospringsale.itemorder.com/. Funds raised from this and all other Greely PTO fundraising efforts go directly toward supporting enrichment programs for all grade levels at MIW and GMS. Choose to have your order shipped or pick it up. All sales are final. Sale ends Sunday, May 23rd.


Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Skyline Farm Carriage Museum Exhibit, North Yarmouth


Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule


If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Tammy Tarling for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
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